A source in the US administration told WSJ that Washington wanted to send artillery shells, anti-tank rockets, air defense systems, and rifles from Cairo to Kyiv. It was emphasized that the Egyptian authorities did not unequivocally reject these demands in their meetings with their US counterparts but stated that they did not plan to send weapons during the talks.
The arms request was first made by US Defense Secretary Llyod Austin during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during his visit to Cairo. Egypt was evasive in its response, but later US representatives repeatedly raised the issue in meetings with their Egyptian counterparts.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the WSJ’s news.